Required Core Courses (6 credits):
FASH 210 Seminar in Fashion and Sustainability
FASH 417 Fashion Research and Discovery: Business Model Innovation
FASH 417 Fashion Research and Discovery: Lifecycle Approach to Design
Required Elective Courses (12 credits)
One goal of the minor is to encourage students to consider sustainable innovation from broad disciplinary perspectives, so they take 3 credits of electives from each of three elective areas: Design for Social Change, Business and Industry Innovation, and Science and Engineering Innovation. A fourth elective is chosen from any subject area. Though some of the electives have prerequisites, the choice in each case is broad enough that students from different majors will have no difficulty fulfilling the elective requirements.
Elective One: Design for Social Change (Pick one 3 credit course)
Elective one focuses on the critical role of human behavior for sustainable innovation to succeed. Courses in this elective provide a framework for understanding how visual information and artifacts can be used for raising individual and community awareness and understanding, changing attitudes, and generating the political will so that citizens, consumers, business and political leaders, and others can embrace lasting change in what apparel products are offered, and how they are made, used, and disposed of.
ART 204 Media/Design/Culture
ART 215 Seeing and Being
ART 324 The Art of Social Change
FASH 417 Fashion Research and Discovery: Lifecycle Approach to Design (if not taken as a core requirement)
Elective Two: Business and Industry Innovation (pick courses totaling 3 credits)
Elective two provides students with expanded knowledge on relevant social, cultural, economic, and legal contexts that support and constrain business and industry innovation. Understanding these constraints facilitates innovation by allowing students to analyze the broad contextual factors that may need to be addressed.
ACCT 352 Law and Social Issues in Business (Jr status)
ANTH 382 The Anthropology of Capitalism
ECON 311 Economics of Developing Countries (pr. ECON 101, ECON 103)
FASH 417 Fashion Research and Discovery: Business Model Innovation (if not taken as a core requirement)
FASH 455 Global Apparel and Textile Trade and Sourcing (Pr. ECON 101 or ECON 103)
WOMS 312/ANTH 312 Asian Women in the Globalized WorkplaceAlternatively, students may also bundle three of the following one-credit courses to fulfill this elective.
FASH 689 Apparel Supply Chains & Social Responsibility (1 credit)
FASH 691 Socially Responsible Apparel: Global Policy (1 credit)FASH 692 Sustaining Global Apparel Supply Chains (1 credit)
FASH 693 Culture & Work in the Apparel Industry (1 credit)
FASH 694 Apparel Consumers and Social Responsibility (1 credit)
FASH 695 Bringing Social Responsibility to Apparel Corporate Culture (1 credit)
FASH 696 Current Initiatives for Apparel Industry Labor Compliance (1 credit)
FASH 697 Worker-Centric Social Responsibility (1 credit)
FASH 698 Redesigning “Green” Apparel (1 credit)
FASH 699 Producing Environmentally Responsible Apparel (1 credit)
Elective Three: Science and Engineering Innovation (Pick one 3 credit course)
Elective three augments student knowledge on scientific and engineering approaches for chemical management, water and waste water treatment, energy management, and/or waste disposal. Innovations in all areas are needed to improve environmental performance in the apparel and textile industry.
CIEG 402 Introduction to Sustainability Principles in Civil Engineering
CHEM 683/MAST 683 Environmental Chemistry (requires substantial CHEM foundation)
ENEP 425 Energy Policy and Administration
ENEP 420 Water Resources Management (Pr. MATH 114)
ENEP 427 Sustainable Energy: Economics & Policy Analysis (Pr. ENEP 425)
FASH 215 Fundamentals of Textiles I (Pr. CHEM 101 or CHEM 100)
Elective Four: Choose any 3-credits from the above list.
All courses included in the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better. At least nine credits must be at the 300-level or above. Substitutions for the above courses may be made with permission of the program director. Independent studies and special problems courses may also count toward the minor with the director's approval.